Mar 022015
 March 2, 2015
Some Recreational Marijuana Stores In Washington Are Struggling

Being a part of the legal marijuana industry is not always profitable. That’s something I have been saying since Washington and Colorado legalized marijuana, and the rush to cash in on the next great American industry started. I was saying it when the growth of the medical marijuana industry started in Western States. A lot of people think that if you open a store or start a garden or invent a marijuana-related product, you will be rich overnight, automatically. That is far from the truth. The marijuana industry has no guarantees. We are seeing that play out right now in

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Mar 012015
 March 1, 2015
Colorado 2014 Marijuana Industry Statistics

Late this week the Colorado Department of Revenue released a report with details and statistics about Colorado’s marijuana industry in 2014. The report is a treasure trove of charts, facts, and data. Below are some of the statistics that stood out to me. You can read the report at this link here if you want more information: 833 retail establishment licenses issued 1,416 medical business licenses issued 15,992 occupational licenses issued 109,578 pounds of medical flower sold 38,660 pounds of recreational flower sold 1,964,917 units of medibles sold 2,850,733 units of retail edibles sold 412,000 units of non-edible, infused medical

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Feb 272015
 February 27, 2015
Large National Brands Have Sights Set On Legal Marijuana Industry

The recreational marijuana industry is expanding at a rapid pace. Right now there only two states that allow recreational marijuana sales (Washington and Colorado of course). But Alaska will be soon to follow, as will Oregon, and hopefully someday Washington D.C.. Between now and the end of Election Day 2016, I have as many as 16 states in play that could make a move to legalize recreational marijuana. By the end Election Day 2020, we could see over half the states in America with legal recreational marijuana sales occurring. If that becomes the case, or even mostly becomes the case, the

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Feb 262015
 February 26, 2015
See Steve DeAngelo At The OMMBC

Steve DeAngelo has been one of the most prominent cannabis industry activists for a few decades now. He helped launch the ArvView Group, the nation’s top cannabis investment groups; Steep Hill Labs, one of the preeminent testing labs; and Harborside Health Center, the most profitable medical cannabis dispensary on the planet. DeAngelo, fresh off his appearance at the International Cannabis Business Conference in San Francisco, will be in my (relative) neck of the woods of Eugene, Oregon, at the next Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference (OMMBC) on March 15-16. The cannabis industry has to have those up front pushing the envelope, and DeAngelo has

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Feb 262015
 February 26, 2015
Medical Marijuana Business Licenses In Washington Are Good For Patients

Two Washington State-based laboratories — The Werc Shop and Phytalab — have recently been certified under a nationwide program that verifies quality control standards, calibration, and evaluation processes for labs that test medical marijuana products. These certificates were awarded by the Patient Focused Certification (PFC) program, which also certifies the quality and reliability of products sold at licensed medical marijuana businesses. The Werc Shop and Phytalab test medical and recreational marijuana products produced, manufactured, and sold throughout Washington State. PFC is a project of Americans for Safe Access (ASA) and the only nonprofit, third-party certification for the medical marijuana industry

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Feb 252015
 February 25, 2015
Join The CO2 Company At The OMMBC

The Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference (OMMBC) will bring together the top cannabis law reform advocates and industry professionals March 15th-16th in Eugene, Oregon. The OMMBC combines both activism and business to provide a holistic approach to anyone in the cannabis industry or thinking of joining. The conference provides the latest information about the current Oregon medical marijuana industry and insight into the cannabis industry once legalization goes into effect for all adults. In addition to the great information, networking opportunities also abound at the OMMBC. Growers, processors, dispensaries and advocates will all benefit from mingling with other industry participants.

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Feb 242015
 February 24, 2015
Kosher Marijuana Edibles Could Be Coming To New York

I have a lot of friends in the marijuana industry and activism movement that are Jewish. I am not Jewish, but I have always respected the Jewish religion and culture. One of my Jewish friends text me a link while I was at work yesterday which talked about the likelihood of some medical marijuana products in New York getting certified as being kosher. Per the Jewish Daily Forward: Rabbi Moshe Elefant, COO of the Orthodox Union’s kosher certification agency, said he has held “preliminary discussions” with several companies interested in obtaining a kosher seal of approval for medical marijuana. The

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Feb 232015
 February 23, 2015
Colorado Marijuana Educational Series - Recruit, Retain And Develop Your Talent

I have long been an advocate for REAL talent in the marijuana industry. The lack of ability for high ranking members of the marijuana industry to recognize true talent hurts my head. All to often these same people try to brag to me about just how great their ‘new employee’ is, just for me to point out that the employee is unproven and doesn’t know what they are talking about, and over time, I’m proven right. I always try to offer up someone who I think would be far better for the task/job, but my advice is almost always ignored.

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Feb 232015
 February 23, 2015
The Growing Hemp Industry Worries Some Marijuana Growers

Marijuana reformers and hemp reformers have fought side by side for many years. In a lot of cases, people support both causes. But there is a battle brewing between both sides. It appears that a lot of people didn’t realize that hemp plants can ruin marijuana crops due to cross pollination. I own a movie called Hempsters, which is a great film that I encourage everyone to watch at least once. In the film hemp farmers point out that cross pollination from hemp can ruin half of a marijuana crop in the first generation, and that by the third generation, almost

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Feb 222015
 February 22, 2015
Minnesota's Medical Marijuana Industry Unionizes, Needs To Expand

The United Food & Commercial Workers (UFCW) Union has been one of the strongest political forces working to end cannabis prohibition across the country. The UFCW has unionized medical cannabis workers in California and the union put its considerable political clout into the successful Oregon Measure 91 legalization measure. The UFCW has just announced that they have unionized one of Minnesota’s medical production facilities and is in talks to unionize the other facility. From KIMT.com: Bernie Hesse, an organizer with UFCW Local 1189, says his union is also talking to LeafLine about organizing staff at its facility in Cottage Grove.

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